The program for this recent recording from the choir of Westminster Cathedral presents sacred choral works by Brahms and Rheinberger, anchored at one end by Brahmsís youthful Missa Canonica and at the other by Rheinbergerís Mass for Double Choir in E-flat, Op. 109. with a handful of motets by Brahms in between.
This cast looks quite promising on paper. However, I cannot honestly say these big names keep their promise, except for the comprimario-singers.
I can readily understand why Bayreuth refuses to perform Richard Wagnerís third opera.
Verdi responded to the death of Rossini in 1868 by planning a collaborative Requiem Mass, drawing on the contributions of thirteen ìdistinguishedî composers.
Francis Poulenc is well known for the religious works that comprise much of his oeuvre after he was traumatized by the accidental and premature death of his friend Pierre-Octave Ferroud in 1936.
The music of John Dunstable embodies many of the characteristics that so dramatically set the music of the emerging Renaissance apart from its Medieval forebears.
Sometimes an invidious comparison cannot be avoided, and such is the case with two recent DVD versions of Georg Frederic Handel’s masterpiece, Giulio Cesare.